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Your Paracast Newsletter — July 24, 2022



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July 24, 2022
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Paranormal Researcher Joshua Cutchin Explores the Frontiers of Reality on The Paracast!

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This Week's Episode:Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present the fascinating and wide-ranging views of paranormal researcher Joshua Cutchin. He is the author of five critically-acclaimed books: 2015's "A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch" (translated into Spanish as Banquete Troyano); 2016's "The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, & Monstrous Miasmas"; 2018's "Thieves in the Night: A Brief History of Supernatural Child Abductions"; and 2020's "Where the Footprints End: High Strangeness and the Bigfoot Phenomenon," Volumes I & II, with Timothy Renner. His latest book is his two-part masterwork: "Ecology of Souls: A New Mythology of Death & the Paranormal." Prior to pursuing his dream of becoming a full-time author and musician in 2015, Cutchin served as Public Affairs Director of the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music for three years.

After The Paracast — Available exclusively for Paracast+ subscribers on July 24: Join paranormal researcher Joshua Cutchin as he covers a number of fascinating topics with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. Beginning with pop culture, and how series fare is brought to a sometimes unacceptable conclusion, the discussion moves to UFOs as cultural means, and the best possible ways of disclosure, assuming the phenomenon involves physical craft from other worlds. Would it involve disclosure by the authorities, our visitors, or would humans simply wake up one day fully aware of what was going on? A working musician, Cutchin is author of five critically-acclaimed books on worlds of the strange and unknown that include his latest book, the two-part masterwork: “Ecology of Souls: A New Mythology of Death & the Paranormal.”

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Disclosure By Whom?
By Gene Steinberg

The world was so different in 1996 when the summer popcorn blockbuster movie, “Independence Day” was released. In a crucial scene, the President of the United States, as portrayed by Bill Pullman, announces to the world that we are being invaded by evil aliens.

While there is some discussion about the best moves to make, not for a moment does anyone dispute what he says, as creatures intent on exterminating humans begin attacks across the planet.

Later in the movie, the President, once a fighter pilot, leads a ragtag group of volunteers on a mission to attack the enemy.

Now just imagine if that President was Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Joseph Biden. In each case, a sizable portion of the U.S. population wouldn’t believe them. And, as we know in this day and age, some people wouldn’t even believe they were actually the legitimate President.

In this polarized environment, are there any people who might serve as acceptable government or scientific spokespeople to reveal the presence of alien visitors, good or bad?

Other than in some authoritarian countries, ruled by dictators with an iron hand, the answer is probably no. Among scientists, perhaps there would be some acceptable people among those who have become media stars, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson.

And, yes, I realize Tyson is a UFO skeptic. If he did become the one to lead the disclosure process, however, he’d do so with a high level of credibility.

The issue of disclosure has been portrayed in the movies and TV in ways where governments don’t always fare so well. In the 1951 sci-fi classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Klaatu (Michael Rennie) arrives in a flying saucer, and the U.S. military surrounds it. Although he says that he comes "in peace and with good will,” when he reaches for a small device, he is shot by a nervous soldier.

He is treated under guard at a hospital, where he offers to speak with world leaders about an extremely important matter. This happens during the early days of the Cold War, and he’s informed that is just not possible. He’s also rebuffed when he offers to get out among the people.

Klaatu escapes in a suit belonging to a Mr. Carpenter — notice the religious significance of the choice of name — and moves into a boarding house.

During the film’s final scenes, Klaatu appears in front of a group of world scientists, where he delivers his message. The people of Earth must give up their warlike ways or face extinction from the interplanetary organization of which he is a part.

As you probably know, the image of Klaatu was highly influential among the early contactee movement in the U.S. But his message was seriously toned down to one consisting of just the carrot, embrace peace, and not the stick, which is to suffer the consequences.

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” stood out among other sci-fi fare of the period by presenting a compelling character in a setting that wasn’t altogether different from society of its time. Loosely based on a pulp sci-fi short story, screenwriter Edmund H. North was clearly aware of the best ways to incorporate cultural memes.

The difficulty Klaatu confronted in trying to present his message to the authorities is a mere microcosm of the situation here in the 21st century. Would it even make sense for such a being to come to the United States, choose a different country, or bring along his fellow travelers to land in spaceships in key Earth cities?

Would people even believe our visitors, or would some dismiss it as a vicious plot from [you name the country], or a hoax? Call out the SGI.

Genuine disclosure of UFO reality, if there is something to disclose, would be a very difficult issue. Assuming other countries investigate UFOs as much or more intently than the U.S., they’d no doubt be fully aware of what we are dealing with. It’s hard to believe that the scientists or military of any single country would have better access to such a truth.

More to the point, what would ET’s take be about all this? If they are truly here, and are as advanced as they appear to be, they’d surely understand Earth languages and politics. Unless they choose chaos in revealing their existence, it would have to be done with care.

Of course, that assumes there is a peaceful intent — and how can you believe the messages conveyed in UFO contacts and channeling? So they would not want to upset people and would choose the method carefully, perhaps in consultation with Earth governments, if they could be trusted.

Perhaps they would assemble scientists from the world to escape the political considerations and make the announcement seem more credible. A media event would be announced without any indication of the purpose, other than a matter of extreme importance to all humans.

But even then, many people are actually anti-science these days and wouldn’t accept such an announcement any more than they’d believe their own governments. A direct announcement by ET on the occasion of a massed landing might also cause panic.

But aren’t there people on Earth who’d be accepted and believed if they were to become the messengers for disclosure?

I made this suggestion on After The Paracast, that two ideal people would be former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Their music as a group and as solo artists has been embraced by many generations around the world over the decades. There could hardly be better candidates.

But all this is based on assumptions that I do not, in fact, fully accept. It would involve physical beings from other planets visiting Earth and making the decision to disclose their existence. How’d they do it is anyone’s guess, of course, and you can be sure they wouldn’t listen to my advice, even if I chose to offer it.

The picture gets murkier when you consider that there’s no reason to believe we’d understand their motivations, or even if they have a sense of ethics that would make sense to us. It may be akin to a decision to disclose the existence of humans to a bee hive.

Did I say bees?

Well, according to the research of Lars Chittka, a professor of history and behavioral ecology from Queen Mary University in London, “We now have suggestive evidence that there is some level of conscious awareness in bees – that there is a sentience, that they have emotion-like states.”

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